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General
January 04, 2013

The Edges

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4365/edges2.jpg

1/125th at F8, ISO 320 (35mm).

When out shooting in the snow in the middle of nowhere I found myself attracted to the edges - the boundaries between the developed, populated areas and nature. 

Often I don't necessarily know what I'm photographing at the time. There's a beautiful church in the snow behind me and I'm lost photographing the edge of a playground or the dipping lines of a telephone pole on the edge of the road.

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4357/edges.jpg

1/125th at F9, ISO 320 (59mm)

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4359/edges3.jpg

1/15th at F6.3, ISO 320 (30mm).

 


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General
January 03, 2013

Signature

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4349/signature_2.jpg

Fence, 1/80th at F8, ISO 200 (30mm).

I wonder if my style, or I much prefer the words eye or signature, translates through different subject matter.  I feel like that's the mark of finally maturing as an artist, when your work is recognizable no matter what the subject matter or medium is.

Lee Friedlander, (who inspired the above photograph) is my favorite example of this. Whether he photographed a forest, a street corner in Manhattan or Texas, a television, a sign, or even flower stems, you could tell they were taken by him, and they all gave us a glimpse into his complicated soul.

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4351/signature_3.jpg

Fallen Tree, 1/125th at F5.6, ISO 320 (25mm).

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4355/signature_1.jpg

Signature, 1/160th at F8, ISO 320 (42mm).

 


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Snow, Snow
January 02, 2013

Logs, Amenia, small town New York

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4347/logs.jpg

1/125th at F6.3, ISO 320 (45mm).

Happy 2013 everyone.  I was lucky enough to be able to spend the New Year in the small town of Amenia, New York during the most perfect snowstorm, so expect some photos of that over the next few days.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 28, 2012

Happy New Year and the Top Photos of 2012

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3533/astor_place_newsman_jerry_delakas.jpg

Happy New Year to you and your family.  Wishing you the best in life and in your photos for 2013.

I just put up galleries of my favorite images from 2012 on Google+ and Facebook.  It's interesting to reflect on your year through the photos you took.  This is the first time that I've put them up this way at the end of the year and I think it will be fun to view the progress from year to year as I do more of them.

I was planning to keep the blog going until New Years, but honestly I'm a little burnt out and I figure this is a good time to take a couple day break and recharge.

We'll be back, rested, and ready to go on Weds, January 2nd.  Have a great New Years and I will see you then!

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 27, 2012

A Magical Place

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4339/a-magical_city.jpg

1/320th at F7.1, ISO 1600 (28mm).

For some, the love affair with the city starts very early in life.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 21, 2012

5th Avenue Windows

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4329/5th_Avenue_Windows.jpg

1/500th at F5, ISO 800 (28mm). View Large.

Most people go to 5th Avenue for the holidays to view the stunning windows and buildings.  I like to go to view the stunning people.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 20, 2012

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window Display

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4327/Berdorf_Goodman_Holiday_Window_Display.jpg

1/500th at F5, ISO 1600 (28mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Architecture, Architecture
December 19, 2012

The Birds and Plaza Hotel

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4323/the_birds_and_plaza_hotel.jpg

1/500th at F9, ISO 800 (28mm).

136.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 17, 2012

Lady in Red

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4317/lady_in_red.jpg

1/320th at F5, ISO 1600 (28mm).

One of my favorites of the year.  View large.

Also, here's an answer to a commenter, Ged, who wanted to know why this was one of my favorite images.  Here's my answer from below.  I probably should have written this from the start.

One of the issues that I'm intrigued with is the effect of consumer culture on people.  I find this image so interesting because of the connection between the bright red, flirty image on her iPhone case and the real life woman shopping on 5th avenue, who looks almost robot like in her gaze, affluent clothing, and dark appearance. There's a disconnect here between the two, yet also an influence. It feels here like the woman is almost weighed down by her clothing and fashion and bags, and trying to live up to some standard that society holds for her. The red illustration looks much more like an alive, free spirit than the actual person does, and that contrast I feel says something about our society at large. 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Architecture, Architecture
December 14, 2012

The Future of Manhattan

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4315/future_of_manhattan_72nd_street.jpg

1/80th at F4.5, ISO 400 (28mm).

is here, and this is what it looks like.  Duane Reades, Banks, Trader Joe's and nothing else.  Well Starbucks and pizza and Hollister stores will survive.

Reminds me of that Wesley Snipes movie, Demolition Man, where Sylvester Stallone wakes up in the future and every restaurant has turned into Taco Bell.  It's scary how that's actually beginning to happen right now.

 


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